RANDOLPH — A former Pavilion resident, David Lockwood, is forever memorialized with the dedication of a bridge, in his native Randolph, Cattaraugus County.
Lockwood, posthumously honored Saturday with the dedication of the “Sergeant David Lockwood Memorial Bridge.”
Lockwood graduated from Randolph High School and was attending college and working as a carpenter’s assistant in 1966 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve during the Vietnam War. He served with the
1st Platoon, Alpha Company in the 5th Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division. Following his service, Lockwood graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked as a mechanical engineer. He
and his wife Patricia moved to the town of Pavilion in 1974 and raised two daughters. He passed away in 2018.
Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, sponsors of the legislation enacting the designation, were joined at the Randolph American Legion by Lockwood’s family, friends and members of the community to commemorate the contributions of the Silver Star recipient.
“As a 19-year-old college student from upstate New York, David Lockwood answered his nation’s call to serve in the Vietnam War, and accepted all the sacrifices, hardships and risks that entailed. A soft-spoken but exceptional leader, he advanced quickly to the rank of platoon sergeant and inspired great respect from his men,” Borrello said. “He distinguished his company as one of America’s finest infantry units in Vietnam and was awarded several military honors, including three Silver Stars, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States military.”
Giglio reflected on the Sgt. Lockwood’s lifetime of contributions.
“The dedication of the Sergeant David Lockwood Memorial Bridge is the culmination of a lifetime of service by Sgt. Lockwood, from his heroic actions in Vietnam to his many contributions here at home as a family man,
engineer, and valued community member,” Giglio said. “It was an honor to sponsor legislation to ensure that Sgt. Lockwood will be remembered in the town that he loved. We are forever grateful for people like Sgt. Lockwood, who committed their lives to making the world a better place through service to their families, their communities, and their country.”
Cattaraugus County Director of Veterans’ Services Steve McCord said, “I did not have the fortune of knowing Mr. Lockwood but wish I had met him. He epitomizes the quality of the veterans we have in Cattaraugus County from his sense of service to his heroism on the battlefield to his continued success after he returned to civilian duty.”